55 days in Finland Itinerary

55 days in Finland Itinerary

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55 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bhubaneswar
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 15 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Pori
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Mustasaari
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Bhubaneswar

15
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Hyvinkaa Church (in Hyvinkaa), Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Riimikko). Pack the 3rd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Korkeasaari Zoo, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday planning tool .

Bhubaneswar, India to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Bhubaneswar to Helsinki, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is cooler than Bhubaneswar - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Espoo, Porvoo, Raseborg Castle, Hyvinkaa Church, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 17:
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

8
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, Siida, & more). On the 18th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, you will find days in Saariselka are slightly colder (-7°C), and nights are cooler (-17°C). You'll set off for Rovaniemi on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 25:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida ©
Siida

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Sampo Icebreaker (in Kemi). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sampo Icebreaker, Amethyst Mine Lapland
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Snow Village in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. On the 1st (Tue), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and take in the pleasant sights at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Levi tour planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Snow Village
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Go for a jaunt from Turku to Poytya to see Kurjenrahka National Park about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

For where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Turku online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Levi in January: high temperatures in Turku hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Naantali, Kurjenrahka National Park
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Haemeenlinna (Vankilamuseo & Palanderin talo). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Haemeenlinna, Holy Cross Church, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

3
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Rauma (Old Rauma, Ruokapuoti Lumo, & more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, look for gifts at Patakirppis, kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pori online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Pori are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Rauma
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

3
nights
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mustasaari: Arctic Museum Nanoq (in Pietarsaari) and Vaasa (Stromso, Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, & more). Spend a day of island exploring on the 14th (Mon) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. The adventure continues: get outside with Replot Bridge and snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Mustasaari tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Pori to Mustasaari in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -4°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Vaasa, Arctic Museum Nanoq
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Stromso ©
Stromso
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Kuopio (Entertainment Center IsoCee, Kuopio Market City Hall, & more) and Joensuu (Carelicum & Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla).

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Koli National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mustasaari in January, things will get a bit cooler in Koli National Park: highs are around -9°C and lows about -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Fun & Games Trails

Side Trips

Kuopio, Joensuu, Koli Shop Retkitupa
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parikkala Sculpture Park, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna vacation maker website .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Imatra Waterfall, Linnansaari National Park, Kerimaki Church, The Parikkala Sculpture Park
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

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